Plus, here's what Orange County's new rules on masks means.

📰 Disney's "wokeness", 7 places for birria tacos, and how to support Orlando Fringe today

Plus, here's what Orange County's new rules on masks means. 

It’s Thursday y’all, and first things first: Let’s talk about Orange County’s new rules under our current mask mandate. 

Mayor Jerry Demings revealed his three-phase plan on Tuesday, with Phase 1 effective immediately. Here’s the gist: 

During Phase 1: 

  • Social distancing rules are changing from keeping 6 feet apart to 3 feet 
  • Fully vaccinated individuals should follow CDC guidelines for when to wear facial coverings — you can find them here.

Phase 2 will begin when 50% of the population 16 and older has received at least their first dose of the vaccine, and Phase 3 happens when that number reaches 70% OR when Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 5% or below. At that point, all mandates would be lifted. 

Orange County is averaging an 8% positivity rate at the moment, and just yesterday, reported 5,145 new cases, 76 fatalities, and 3,299 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Here’s a breakdown of where all Central Florida counties stand on mask mandates

OK, now let’s talk about Disney’s “wokeness", this must-see exhibit and why you have to see it today, the winners from this year’s Florida Film Fest, and ways to support the upcoming Orlando Fringe Fest.

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What Orlando is talking about

The Orlando Sentinel published an opinion piece last week from a guy named Jonathan VanBoskerck out in Vegas who said, “I love Disney World, but wokeness is ruining the experience" and it's been making its rounds in viral news.

In response to Disney’s new updated and more inclusive “look” guidelines, VanBockerck said, “The problem is, I’m not traveling across the country and paying thousands of dollars to watch someone I do not know express themselves. I am there for the immersion and the fantasy, not the reality of a stranger’s self-expression. I do not begrudge these people their individuality and I wish them well in their personal lives, but I do not get to express my individuality at my place of business.”

The article caught the attention of folks from all over the world and has since received a lot of backlash. Like David Collier-King from Chicago who argued that Walt Disney would have liked what’s changing at his theme parks. Collier-King quoted Walt, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” and said, “Walt was never resting on the laurels of the past. Walt was always moving forward, testing and trying new things.”

And then Cody Vincitore, a student at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, wrote in too, saying that the Disney wokeness critic got it wrong. Vincitore pointed out that “keeping a labor force that is responsible for making (magical) moments at modest wages is hard enough. Excluding people who want to work for the company, choosing their job for the sheer joy that it brings people, just because they have a small tattoo is the kind of small-minded thinking that I am proud to say is working itself out of our city.”

I think that gets you guys all up to speed on the “Disney wokeness” drama for now, but you’re also invited to read the articles in their entirety above.

In other news… 

📰 Today’s your last chance to catch “Yesterday This Was Home,” a moving exhibit on the Ocoee Massacre currently on display at the Orange County Regional History Center downtown. Luckily you can do so from the comfort of your own home: At 6:30 p.m. tonight, curators from the center will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour for just $8. (Orlando Weekly) (Editor’s note: As someone who visited the exhibit in-person months ago, I cannot stress enough just how educational, eye-opening, and essential this exhibit is.) 

🏀 The Orlando Magic plans to move its corporate offices to downtown Orlando sometime after Labor Day. Almost 200 employees will be relocating from the RDX Sportsplex in Maitland to an office in the CNL II Building next to City Hall. From there, the plan is for a more permanent move to the Orlando Sports + Entertainment District... whenever that’s built. 😜 (Orlando Weekly, Orlando Sentinel

🎞 Did you attend the Florida Film Fest this year? If so, in-person or virtually? Either way, organizers have officially announced the winners of the 2021 fest, and our buds over at Bungalower broke ‘em down for us. (Bungalower

☎️ Orlando Fringe is kicking off a 30-hour text-to-give-a-thon at 9 a.m. today. It’s a fundraiser (emphasis on fun) for the longtime theater fest with a goal of raising $10,000. You can tune in on Facebook or YouTube and watch as Fringers Lisa Hardt and Lindsay Taylor attempt to keep us entertained for 30 hours. For what it’s worth, I have no doubt that they will succeed! 🤗 (Orlando Weekly

✈️ Early reports show that tourism is on the rebound in Central Florida. According to bookings through MCO, domestic travel is projected to hit pre-pandemic numbers by May and go even higher than that by summer. (News 13, WFTV)

🎯 Winner, winner, chicken dinner

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👏 Learn a few tricks or two at this virtual magic show benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank (Online)

🍷 Hang with the winemakers of this California-based wine at Swirlery's latest tasting (SoDo)

🇹🇭 Travel to Thailand via this monthly dinner series happening at Naradeva Thai Restaurant (Millenia)


❓ Test your friends on their "Friends" knowledge and who can eat the biggest hamburger (Maitland)

👟 Raise awareness for and participate in this year's AIDS walk from anywhere (Online)

🚲 Get on two wheels and bike the city via this month's Critical Mass excursion monthly (Loch Haven Park)


🌳 Shop this outdoor pop-up market with 20+ vendors featuring locally made goods, curated vintage, clothing, and more (Ivanhoe)

🖼 Head to Nora's Sugar Shack for an outdoor art show by local artists (Ivanhoe)

🌿 Go on a scavenger hunt to find all the plants from A-Z at Leu Gardens through May 31 (Audubon Park)

👒 Pull out your derby hats and prep your livers for mint juleps — it's derby time (Sanford)

🖼 Shop local makers at this monthly outdoor pop-up behind the Falcon Bar (Thornton Park)

👟 Lace on those running shoes for the 2021 Color Run 5k at Osceola Heritage Park (Kissimmee)

🌱 Get on your bike (or rent one!) and join Fleet Farming for a volunteer swarm ride to plant neighborhood gardens (Audubon Park)

🎶 Watch the Bach Festival Choir perform American folksongs and spirituals on the big stage outdoors (Downtown)

👒 Enjoy a Derby Day yacht rock-themed brunch at Maxine's on Shine (Colonialtown)

🍿Grab a blanket and watch "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" on the big screen (Maitland)

💪 Get moovin' with the Milk District in this fitness challenge now through May 31 (Milk District)


🎟 Don't miss this outdoor screening of Bolshei's Ballet's "Romeo and Juliet" (Downtown)

One more thing

Thanks to all you kind folks for your recommendations on where to try my first birria tacos. Because I’m here to serve, I’m sharing the tasty recs below in case anyone else hasn’t had one yet either and would like to try. 😋  

  • My faves so far are Queso Loca (food truck on Goldenrod) and Hunger Street Tacos. I liked MX’s version, but it didn’t blow me away like those other two. Still need to try Agave Azul and Pass Progressive, too. And Antojito’s is too far. That better be a damn good taco. — Jason C.
  • Antojitos Locos are the kings and OG’s of Birria Tacos for sure!!!!!! They were here first and hands down have the best birria tacos in town. I’ve tried them in other spots and no one comes close lol. — Johnny V. 
  • Go to Frutamix in Ocoee for Birria tacos — the cheesy deliciousness is to die for!! And the price is soooo good! 😉 — Adly S.
  • Pass Progressive!! Especially right now during taco week. — Janelle E. 

Y’all, don’t even think about going to these spots without taking a pic to share with me or at least writing down your thoughts: It’s as close as we’re gonna get right now to going there together. 🙂

‘Til tomorrow. 

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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